ISAD 2015

International Stuttering Awareness Day
Online Conference, 2015

Spread the Word –
Education, Cooperation, Communication

Welcome to the 18th ISAD Online Conference!  The conference runs from October 1 until October 22, International Stuttering Awareness Day.

Instructions for participants

You can enter the conference by clicking on the top menu bar and read the content. If you would like to comment or ask a question you must login – you can register or login using your Facebook, Twitter or Google, as shown on the login/register pages.  If you not are already registered, you must register first.  Login and register options appear on the right navigation bar.

If you are posting comments on a paper, please check previous comments to be sure your question hasn’t already been asked.

For those of you using the ‘Ask and Expert’ and the ‘ISAD 2015 Around the World’ pages, please read the instructions on each introduction page before posting to that topic.

You can see and comment on papers between October 1 and October 22.  After October 22 you can still see papers but not comment

People reading the pages of this online conference may not have English as their first language. An automated translation service can be found on the right side of each page of this website.  To use it on a specific page, click the preferred language.

Please keep comments relevant and in context of the current discussion.  If you have a question that is not directly related to a paper or existing topic in ‘Ask an Expert’, please create a new post in the ‘Ask an Expert’ topic.

The contributions in this conference reflect professional and consumer interests about stuttering and are presented by many different countries.  Each paper also has a threaded discussion at the bottom of the page for your comments and questions. Authors of the papers will respond as they wish. Feel free to post your questions/comments at any time and check back for a response from the author.

Contributors to the conference are solely responsible for the information they provide. The International Stuttering Association cannot be responsible for the accuracy of the information others provide. The authors’ papers will be permanently archived on the International Stuttering Awareness site pages for your future reference.

We hope you enjoy the conference!


Participants were asked for submissions, or to participate as experts, based on specific criteria. Click here for details about the requirements to contribute to this ISAD Online Conference.

International Stuttering Awareness Day (October 22) began in 1998, spear-headed by Michael Sugarman, Oakland, California. ISAD recognizes the growing alliance between speech-language professionals and consumers, who are learning from each other and working together to share, give support, and educate one another and the general public on the impact that stuttering has on individuals’ lives. Online conferences, organized by Judy Kuster, have been an integral part of International Stuttering Awareness Day since its inception.

Judy Kuster, currently emeritus professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato, put together the ISAD Online Conference every year since its inception in 1998 up to and including 2012, when Judy retired from chairing these wonderful conferences.  Judy continues her work managing the Stuttering Home Page.

The International Stuttering Association has formed a small team made up of Anita Blom, Keith Boss, Dan Hudock, Bruce Imhoff and Hanan Hurwitz to produce and run the ISAD Online Conference. We hope we can live up to the high expectations of previous conference attendees.

For participants who need some basic information about stuttering, please read about Stuttering from the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Additional information is available on the Stuttering Home Page.

The conference is designed for people who stutter, their families and employers, the professionals who work with them, students in training and their instructors.

From October 1, papers will be published on a variety of topics related to fluency and fluency disorders. An online forum will also be available, where you can ask questions of experts in the field of stuttering.